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Stay In School mmmmkay

Hey Willis, I am 16, and I have been playing a 4-string fretless Ibanez for about a year now. You are one of my four main influences, along with Jimmy Haslip, Rocco Prestia, and Jaco Pastorius. I am not very good at anything scholastic-y or business-y, but I CAN play the fretless bass guitar. My dad is a...

Clean Getaway

Hey Willis, I just started to study your 3 finger technique because I think it will help me get past my issues with string skipping and general bassplaying. In the string crossing exercises, I noticed that when I play an A open string with the 1st finger and I mute it with the 2nd finger that’s laying...

Don’t Try

Hey Willis,  In light of disturbing facts like this, your “rant“, the fact that Scott Henderson can’t tour the US and make money, aside from “Don’t try,” what recommendation would you give to anyone coming up trying to play music that resembles at all what you are...

My Favorite Things

Hey Willis, first of all I think you’re probably the most influential bass player in the world after Jaco, and every new project just blows my mind again! OK, my question is about all your other abilities (web designer, video editing, re-inventing stuff, etc…) because I’m also into almost...

VB-99 interface

Hey Willis, How do you send signals from your bass to the V-Bass and other midi devices? Do you mod your bass’ bridge to send the signals via piezo? Also, I’ve noticed that you don’t have the controls for switching banks and controlling the volume also. Have you just bypassed that interface...

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